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  • �Liz Kessler Activity Kit * www.candlewick.com

    * Create and Exchange Friendship Pebbles.

    * Create a friendship quilt for Shona and Emily and for you and your best friend.

    * Make a paper daisy chain.

    * Have an underwater poetry recital.

    * Fill out a wish voucher.

    * Play a friendly game of Emily Windsnap Bingo.

    * Predict the future like Mystic Millie with an origami fortune-teller!

    * Crack a secret code to reveal a message from Philippa.

    * Take a quiz to see which Emily Windsnap character you are most like.

    * Solve the tangram puzzles from Emily Windsnap.

    Host a Fin-tastic Friendship Festival!

    Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap and Philippa Fisher series are all about friendship! To honor these books and celebrate friendship, host a Fin-tastic Friendship Festival at your store, school, or library!

    ILLUSTRATIONS COPYRIGHT © 2009 BY SARAH GIBB

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    Swapping friendship tokens is the perfect way to show your best friend how important she is to you! Look on the beach, in the park, or in your backyard for the prettiest and smoothest pebbles you can find. Paint and decorate your pebbles. When you are finished, it’s time to swap!

    On some of the quilt blocks, you and your friend will work together. On others, you will work by yourself and then show your work to your friend. When all the blocks are finished, tape them as shown below to form your friendship quilt!

    Block 1 – Working together, draw or write about how you and your best friend met.

    Blocks 2 and 3 – Each take one block and draw a picture of your best friend.

    Block 4 – Work together to make a list of your favorite things to do together.

    Blocks 5 and 6 – Each take one block and describe your friend’s best qualities.

    Blocks 7 and 8 – Each take one block. One of you draw a picture of Emily Windsnap, and the other draw a picture of Shona Silkfin.

    Block 9 – Working together, draw or write one lesson about friendship you have learned from Emily and Shona.

    Friendship Pebbles

    Friendship Quilt

    You will need: * 9 square pieces of paper,

    all the same size * Colored pencils,

    markers, or crayons * Scissors

    * TapeTo celebrate friendship, create a quilt with your best friend using nine blocks of paper.

    You will need:

    * nail polish * acrylic paints * paintbrushes

    Try to decorate your pebbles in similar ways so that they make a pair! Paint them with a similar pattern, or paint one picture across both pebbles so that you each have half of it! You could even write a big B on one and a big F on the other so you’ll have BF for Best Friends. Turn to page 6 in Emily Windsnap’s Fin-tastic Friendship Book for more suggestions!

    Block 9

    Block 8

    Block 5

    Block 4

    Block 7

    Block 6

    Block 3

    Block 1

    Block 2

    ILLUSTRATIONS: COPYRIGHT © 2009 BY SARAH GIBB (MERMAID, STARS); COPYRIGHT © 2009 KATIE MAY (FRAME)

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    In Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister, Philippa and her best friend, Charlotte, make friendship necklaces out of daisies as a symbol of their friendship. You can make one out of paper and exchange it with your best friend too!

    * Cut out several daisies.

    * Color them.

    * Punch a hole in the center of each daisy.

    * Thread the green yarn through the holes to string your daisies together.

    * Tie a knot to make a necklace.

    * Exchange daisy chains with your best friend!

    Make a Daisy Chain for Your Best Friend! You will need:

    * Several daisy templates * Colored pencils,

    markers, or crayons

    * A one-hole punch * Green yarn

    * Scissors

    ILLUSTRATIONS: COPYRIGHT © 2009 BY SARAH GIBB (MERMAID, STARS); COPYRIGHT © 2009 KATIE MAY (FRAME)

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    Philippa is granted three wishes by her fairy godsister. What would you do with three wishes? Remember to be careful what you wish for!

    Underwater Poetry Recital!

    In Emily Windsnap’s Fin-tastic Friendship Book, there are four famous poems about mermaids (pages 82–85). Put on a poetry recital by choosing from the following activities:

    Choral Recitation

    Everyone recites the same poem at the same time in unison.

    Line Toss

    Give each person a copy of the poem and split into two equal lines, facing each other. One group is responsible for the odd lines (�, �, 5 . . . ) and the other is responsible for the even lines (�,�,6 . . . ). Groups “toss” their lines back and forth in a choral reading.

    Readings with tableaux vivant (living pictures) As a group, choose the underwater poem that you like the most. Read the poem together and make sure that everyone understands what is happening in the poem. Divide the group into readers and actors. The readers will read the poem aloud, and the actors will freeze into a living picture of �–� actions/events described in the poem. For example, in the Tennyson poem “The Mermaid,” for the lines, “Who would be / A mermaid fair, / Singing alone, / Combing her hair,” an actor could pose as a mermaid combing her hair to illustrate what the reader is describing.

    ILLUSTRATIONS: COPYRIGHT © 2009 BY SARAH GIBB (BUBBLES, STARS); KATIE MAY (STAR, FRAME, VOUCHERS)

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    Each participant needs one BINGO card. Using the list at the top of the card, write one answer in each box in any order you wish. The more mixed up, the better!

    When everyone has filled in a BINGO card, it is time to play. The game leader should read the clues aloud one at a time. Make sure not to read the answers provided in parentheses out loud! The participants look

    for the answer to each clue on their cards and place a mark of some kind (such as a penny, or just an X) over it. The first person to have five marks in a row (diagonally, vertically, or horizontally) wins, provided he or she has identified the correct answers for each clue. To check, reread the clues and ask the player to provide the answer for each.

    Emily Bingo Instructions:

    Questions:

    * What is the name of Emily Windsnap’s first houseboat? (King of the Sea) * Who is Emily Windsnap’s best friend? (Shona) * What is the name of Emily’s babysitter who likes to predict the future? (Mystic Millie) * What monster from the deep do Emily and Shona awaken? (Kraken) * What is the name of the castle in the mist? (Half Light) * What is the name of Emily’s human school? (Brightport) * What school does Shona attend in the first book, The Tail of Emily Windsnap? (Shiprock School) * Who is the ruler of the sea? (Neptune) * What job does Emily’s father do? (Poet) * What is one of Emily’s favorite classes? (Shipwreck Studies) * What is Shona’s favorite expression? (Swishy) * What is Shona’s favorite class? (Beauty and Deportment) * Who erases Emily’s mother’s memory? (Mr. Beeston) * What is the name of the island where people and mermaids live peacefully together? (Allpoints) * What is Emily’s favorite expression? (Wicked) * Who is Emily Windsnap’s human classmate who makes fun of her? (Mandy) * What is Emily’s father’s name? (Jake) * What is Shona’s last name? (Silkfin) * What does Mr. Beeston use to clear people’s memories? (Doughnuts) * What does Shona want to be when she grows up? (Siren) * What pulls Neptune’s chariot? (Dolphins) * What was the name of Neptune’s bride? (Aurora) * What stones do the wedding rings of Neptune and his bride contain? (Diamond and pearl) * What birds lead Emily to the second ring? (Starlings)

    ILLUSTRATIONS COPYRIGHT © 2009 BY SARAH GIBB

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    FREE SPACE

    Allpoints Aurora

    Beauty and Deportment Brightport

    Diamond and Pearl Dolphins

    Doughnuts Half Light

    Jake King of the Sea

    Kraken Mandy

    Mr. Beeston Mystic Millie

    Neptune Poet

    Shiprock School Shipwreck Studies

    Shona Silkfin Siren

    Starlings Swishy Wicked

    Answer Bank

    ILLUSTRATIONS: COPYRIGHT © 2009 BY SARAH GIBB (LARGE FRAME, STARFISH, STARS); COPYRIGHT © 2009 KATIE MAY (FRAME)

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    Emily Windsnap Origami Fortune-teller

    Mystic Millie likes to tell people’s fortunes. Use this fortune-teller at the Fintastic Friendship Festival to predict your friends’ futures! Turn to the next page for instructions on how to put together and use your fortune-teller!

    ILLUSTRATIONS COPYRIGHT © 2009 BY SARAH GIBB

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    To use your fortune-teller to predict the future:

    * You will need one person to hold the fortune-teller and be the predictor and another person to be the questioner.

    * Have the questioner concentrate and ask a yes or no question (silently or out loud).

    * The questioner chooses a picture on the fortune-teller (mer